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Samsung Galaxy S7 specs leaked – is the camera dropping to 12MP?

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The Samsung Galaxy S7 could be arriving any day now, so leaks are arriving thick and fast.

A new Samsung Galaxy S7 leak reveals a potential camera downgrade for the upcoming handset.

The report reveals that the Galaxy S7 could use a 12-megapixel image sensor, which is down on the 16-megapixel snapper featured on the Galaxy S6.

It’s worth noting that a decrease in megapixel count doesn’t necessarily mean your photos will look any worse; they'll just be smaller. After all, the iPhone 6S uses a 12-megapixel camera, and has been critically acclaimed.

But with the Galaxy S6 camera’s stellar reviews, it seems odd that Samsung would risk messing with a successful set-up.

The leak comes courtesy of a post on Weibo by AnTuTu, one of the most popular mobile benchmarking platforms.

A number of other specs about the phone – dubbed SM-G930F – were also revealed in the leak, as follows:

  • 5.1-inch display
  • 1,440 x 2,560 image resolution
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB storage
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • Exynos 8990 processor

None of those specs listed are particularly surprising, save for the last one.

Rumour-spinners are split over whether Samsung will use a custom-built Exynos chip, or Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 820.

Last year’s Galaxy handsets featured Samsung’s Exynos series processors, but Samsung often uses Qualcomm fare.

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What’s more, Samsung is widely rumoured to be manufacturing the Snapdragon 820, which makes the South Korean tech giant a likely candidate for using the chip.

Unfortunately, we have to take this entire report with a pinch of salt because Samsung has made no official comment on the Galaxy S7 thus far.

Thankfully, the Galaxy S7 is expected to launch next month in the days surrounding Mobile World Congress 2016.

Do you think these leaked specs are likely? Let us know in the comments.

chancooluk

January 20, 2016, 3:16 pm

"What’s more, Samsung is widely rumoured to be manufacturing the Snapdragon 820, which makes the South Korean tech giant a likely candidate for using the chip."

You should do more research. Samsung have already announced that they will be manufacturing the Snapdragon 820 for Qualcomm a few days ago.

toboev

January 20, 2016, 5:56 pm

instead of equivocating about the merits of 12Mpix (Apple do great with it, but OMG it seems like a small number), why not come down on where the merits of the argument lead - one side or the other. Research how big people print out or display their smartphone pictures, at what viewing distance, equates to what required Mpix? Or are users heavily cropping into pictures? What actual value/utility are all these Mpix, beyond being simply a marketing "bigger than yours" number?

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